The Nike Oregon Project has been shut down after head coach Alberto Salazar was found guilty of doping violations and was reprimanded a four year-ban as a result.
Nike have said the situation for the NOP athletes has become an “unfair burden” and that the company will “help all of our athletes in this transition”. Ethiopia’s two-time world champion Sifan Hassan has been coached under the 61 year-old since 2016.
When the allegations surfaced during the world championships she said: “I’ve been clean all my life. I work hard. I just want to show people that hard work can be better than everything.”
US marathon runner and whistleblower Kara Goucher was coached by Salazar during 2004-2011 and demanded that the NOP “has to go”. Former 1500m world champion Jenny Simpson from the US was not coached under Salazar but said that he should receive a “lifetime ban.”
The project was founded in 2001 and was a camp designed for long-distance athletes. The NOP website and social media accounts have been taken down with immediate effect.
Prior to the ban the US Anti-Doping Agency had carried out an investigation which included a two-year court battle behind close doors. The American has said he will appeal against the ruling.